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NH House Speaker Comments on Democrats Inability to Field Legitimate Candidates for State Rep

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) today offered the following comments in response to the resignation in the past two days of two Democrats Representatives-Elect who could not serve, one due to a residency issue, the other because state law prohibits felons from serving in public office until their sentences are complete.
House Speaker William O’Brien
“It doesn’t speak will for the Democrats recruiting efforts if they could not identify better candidates for State Representative than convicted felons who have not completed their sentence and people who truly live out of state.  These sad episodes paint the entire House in a bad light and demonstrate the need to get back to electing individuals who are committed to serving the people honorably.  What is even more disturbing is the fact that a convicted felon from Nashua who is still serving a suspended sentence now thinks that this would be a good profile for the New Hampshire House of Representatives, despite the fact it violates State law, and has removed what was an appropriate resignation.  The fact that top Democrats believe that this is an acceptable act should offend all New Hampshire citizens.”


NHDP Chairman Raymond Buckley's Statement on Rep.-Elect Stacie Laughton 

CONCORD - Raymond Buckley, Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, released the following statement on the news that Rep.-elect Stacie Laughton will resign her seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives: 
"I respect Stacie's decision not to be seated in the New Hampshire House and am confident that the new Democratic House majority will stay focused on the work they were sent there by voters to do: move New Hampshire and our economy forward."

NH House Republicans Select Rep. Gene Chandler To Serve As Republican Leader for 2013-14 Session

CONCORD – At a caucus of Republicans elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives for the 2013-14 session, the members elected Rep. Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) to serve as House Republican Leader. In the current session, Rep. Chandler holds the office of Speaker Pro Tempore.

Speaker Pro Tempore Gene Chandler

“I’m honored to have my Republican colleagues give me their support as Leader. Today, we begin our efforts to restore our majority in the House by delivering the Republican message of economic opportunity and job creation through lowering the burden of taxes and regulation. We won’t rest until we know that everyone who wants a job can find a good one right here in New Hampshire. That cannot mean a return to the days of massive tax and fee increases on the backs of the working families and employers of the state. We also need to make sure that we have a budget that is balanced and relies on realistic revenue projections. We will also work to ensure that we continue to deliver on the promise of education choice and protect the integrity of our elections. I look forward to getting work to keep our caucus strong and send a clear message about our Republican values.”


Freekeenenews - Keene Voter Turnout Lower Than Originally Reported According to City Clerk

2012 Keene Voter Turnout Drops to 69% from 76%

Email from city clerk Patty Little reveals calculation errors in their original results.  I had originally contacted the clerk's office when the votes for the race I was in just weren't adding up right according to their official campaign report. Here’s her email explaining what had gone wrong:

Hi Ian, I have had a chance to review your questions and have attached an updated spreadsheet of election activity. We decided that our previous spreadsheet was confusing because the number of absentee ballots was already included in the total ballotscast figure…and also inaccurate because the “formula” was accounting for absentee ballots twice. In addition, to clarifying the layout of the spreadsheet, we’ve updated some of the actual figures based upon corrections made to the Secretary of State and the correct “formula.”

Anyway, these corrections indicate that there were 12,699 total ballots cast. If you assume that each ballot had the race for State Rep. District 16 – that would indicate that there was a possibility of 25,398 votes for this race. With candidate Weed at 7623, candidate Burridge at 5591 and yourself at 1490 and 42 write-in votes, this leaves 10,652 blanks. This number differs from what was indicated on the tabulator tape as “blank” votes by 99 votes. We believe, but have no way to verify – that the discrepancy between these two number reflect two things: (1) not all of the ballots had the office of State Rep. District 16. There are certain types of “UOCAVA” voters that can only vote in Federal offices so their ballot did not contain the State offices. (2) when election officials are hand counting what is called an auxiliary ballot (a ballot that the scanner cannot read) they are focused on counting votes for candidates and are not even thinking about “blank” votes that result when a voter either doesn’t vote for 2 candidates, or they vote for 1 candidate or they over vote by voting for 3 candidates.

Ian, I appreciate that you’ve questioned our numbers because this exercise has revealed that our spreadsheet contained inaccurate formulas.


LessGovernment - I Owe You for the Presidential Election? Get in Line!

A Leftist friend just wrote me to gloat about the Presidential election – saying I owe him beer. (I don’t – I lost a beer bet to him on the 1996 Presidential election.)

Behold my response:


I definitely owe the Chinese and others at least another $6 trillion four years hence.

And I owe a bunch of money to about 20 million illegal aliens now ensconced in ObamaCare coverage. And more for their welfare checks. And more for the English-As-a-Second-Language government educations.

I owe even more for citizens who refuse to take responsibility for their lives, and instead voted for a man who promised to “spread the wealth around.” I owe for their waste-of-time-and-money “Women Studies,” “English,” Liberal Arts college educations. I owe for their abortion pills, birth control pills, and condoms. I owe for their Obama Phones, their food stamps and their Social Security disability checks.

I owe them my health coverage getting much more expensive and demonstrably worse so that theirs can be “free.”

I owe them my work and my money getting scarcer, because it must be regulated and taxed away to create their Dystopia Utopia.

I owe a lot of people. It’s a long line – you can get in it.

It’ll look a lot like the line for health care. Or the line for welfare. Or the line for food stamps. Or the line for the post office. Or the line for the DMV.

The government’s already out of money, so their lines don’t move so well.

I soon will be, so mine won’t either.

But congratulations – your guy won the election.


Seton Motley is the founder and president of Less Government.  He is a writer, television and radio commentator, political and policy strategist, lecturer, debater, and activist.  Please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Facebook - it’s his kind of stalking.